You’re Invited to be a PBS KID (again)!

Join us as we ‘turn back time’ and become a “PBS KID” for an evening! Enjoy games, food and more from your childhood while we recognize a group of community heroes in education.

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For Adults Only!

Who says grown-ups can’t have fun?!

Thursday, April 27, 2023
5:30pm – 9pm

Longworth Hall
700 W Pete Rose Way
Cincinnati, OH 45203

A retro TV with antenna in a lopsided 'bunny-ear' position with the graphic 'You are Invited to be a PBS Kid (again!)', with '(again!)' highlighted in yellow.

Event Co-Chairs

Megan and Larry Shields

Event Committee Members

Jeanette Altenau
Eve Brunswick Appleton
Michelle Donaldson
Cristina Ferrari
Bethany Hartman

Josh Hill
Janet Huston
Meghan Kane
Barbara Kellar
Larry Kellar
Scott MacEachen

Frank Marzullo
Sally More
Christopher Owens
Megan Perry
Joycee Simendinger
Mary Ellen Sullivan

Millie Swaine
Nancy Wagner
Patty Wagner
Barbara Weyand
Elana Winget

Pamela Knox

Pamela Knox has been employed with Cincinnati Public Schools for 26 years serving preschool, elementary through high school learners, families/caregivers and the community in multiple roles addressing early literacy to high school graduation. As a School Community Coordinator, she has developed strong and healthy relationships with school community stakeholders, working within the vision of the Cincinnati Public Schools community learning center initiative.  

She has earned recognition from The Ohio Department of Education as an “Academic All Star”; Community Partnership Award from Girl Scouts of Southwest Ohio and A Salute to Excellence from the Church of the Living Christ.

Pamela has presented her work at the International Center for Leadership in Education Model Schools Conference, National Youth At-Risk Conference and the National Science Teachers Association Conference.

CET has served as a great school community partner for many years. They have provided students and their parents/caregivers with resources such as: Super Why Reading Camps for preschoolers; Martha Speaks engaging grades one through five in group discussions about books; activities to develop fluid reading skills; discovering the wonders of the written word and Family Literacy Nights, bringing families together for interactive literacy activities.

Pamela asks one question, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? Her answer is always “never give up”. 

Rosemary Jane

Rosemary Jane is an educator and technology leader with Cincinnati Public Schools. She teaches first grade, provides training and professional development for educators, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati. She was at the forefront of implementation of digital learning tools for CPS including virtual reality, 3D printing, robotics, and drones in K-12. Rosemary has sixteen years of experience as an educator & district IT administrator.  She holds a BSA in ECE & MSE in Tech Enhanced Learning. 

Rosemary loves PBS resources for her young learners and families. She has used lessons on racial justice with Elmo & Arthur, social emotional guidance with Mr. Rogers and Daniel Tiger, and integrated technologies with PBS Kids resources and activities.  In her own childhood, Rosemary loved Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, Reading Rainbow, Sesame Street, and has always been a PBS Kid at heart!  

Rosemary is an active member of her community and church and participates in events with women’s organizations committed to ending gender-based violence and empower survivors. 

History of Learning Grove

For over 40 years, Cincinnati Early Learning Centers and Children, Inc. were both well known for their commitment to delivering outstanding early childhood education. On January 1, 2020, these two organizations joined efforts, combining strengths under a new name: Learning Grove

Learning Grove provides 5-star rated early care and education in centers across Northern KY and Cincinnati serving children ages 6 weeks to pre-K. Our before- and after-school programs provide enrichment for school age students in multiple districts across the Tri-State.

Divisions of Learning Grove include:

  • NaviGo College and Career which empowers and prepares students for post-secondary success and workforce readiness. This is achieved through partnerships with businesses, parents, and schools to align students’ interests and strengths with viable career and college opportunities.

  • The Family Outreach Program expands our work with young children to include the entire family, working with hundreds of families annually to ensure financial stability for basic and emergent needs (i.e., food, clothing, housing, and employment supports).

  • January 1, 2023, FamiliesFORWARD merged with Learning Grove.  FamiliesFORWARD is a neighborhood-based resource center for schools, students and their families, and the community. The After-School Program serves Bond Hill Academy of Math and Science Discovery, Carson School, Hays-Porter School, and Withrow University High School. We help every child in the schools build on his or her strengths and overcome challenges. We also encourage, support, and teach parents to be the best that they can be as they help their children become better students and ambassadors for their neighborhoods.

In addition, Learning Grove also has Coaching and Evaluation Assistance (personalized coaching for center-based and family child care providers to improve quality), Innovation Lab (puts research into practice providing trainings, coaching, and classroom content), and an Advocacy Network (connects people to local, state, and national policy makers, so children have a voice).

Learning Grove is led by Shannon Starkey-Taylor, CEO, and Patti Gleason, COO.

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Barbara & Larry Kellar

Barbara Weyand

Bronze Sponsors

Barnes Dennig

Bartlett Wealth Management

Fourth Street Performance Partners

Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL

Jill & Larry McGruder

PNC Bank

Western Southern Financial Group

Partnering Sponsors

Bricker Graydon
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Learning Grove
Joycee & Steve Simendinger
Ginger & Peter Strange
Taylor Oswald
University of Cincinnati Office of Equity, Inclusion & Community Impact
Jami Vallandingham
VonLehman CPA & Advisory Firm
DeeDee & Gary West


Scripps Howard Fund
In Memory of Frank & Margaret Linhardt
US Bank
Julie & Steve Shifman
Scott MacEachen